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Science – Human_Machine_Improv
"The best improvisational theatre actors can make any scene partner, of any skill level or ability, appear talented and proficient in the art form, and thus “make them shine”. [...] To challenge this improvisational paradigm, we built an artificial intelligence (AI) trained to perform live shows alongside human actors for human audiences."
robots  comedy  science 
4 weeks ago by kevan
Mercedes-Benz driverless cars will hit pedestrians rather than endanger occupants
"If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car."
transport  death  robots  future 
october 2016 by kevan
Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics | Technology | The Guardian
"Robots should not be designed solely or primarily to kill or harm humans; humans, not robots, are the responsible agents; it should be possible to find out who is responsible for any robot and its behaviour."
robots  law 
october 2016 by kevan
The Skryf Robots Write Temporal Poetry with Sand
"Follow the words far enough backward, though, and they begins to smudge and scatter."
robots  writing  poetry  via:viv 
september 2016 by kevan
After Dark | Tate
"Via an online portal, the public will be able to control robots and roam the galleries in search of 500 years of British art."
robots  art  via:sarah 
august 2014 by kevan
The Badger Herald - UW student researches ways to make robots more human - The Badger Herald
"If interactive robots were able to pause during conversation and take a moment to gaze off into the distance as if pondering what the user was saying, research suggests this small change could make them seem less robotic."
robots  illusions  eyes 
march 2014 by kevan
William Shakespeare Presents: Terminator the Second - Official Trailer on Vimeo
"...a parody of the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, constructed solely of lines and phrases from the plays of William Shakespeare. Only proper nouns, pronouns and verb tenses are subject to change."
theatre  mutation  robots  via:adrian 
january 2014 by kevan
Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots - MIT News Office
"Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces."
robots  technology  emergence 
october 2013 by kevan
Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish | The Verge
"The only difference in the world of my art and our world is that ... ever since the early 20th century, attitudes and budgets were much more in favor of science and technology."
art  robots  sweden  via:ole 
august 2013 by kevan
Ohio Man Charged With Shooting Robot | Singularity Hub
"First, a camera-equipped robot entered the home to locate the man and the guns. A second larger bot was then sent in, but when the owner spotted it, he opened fire with a small caliber pistol damaging it."
robots  weapons  surveillance 
march 2013 by kevan
Black Hornet: The $195,000 Spy Plane That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
"Dubbed the Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Aircraft System by its designer, Prox Dynamics of Norway, this micro-UAV measures 4 inches long and 1 inch tall with a 4-inch rotor span."
robots  surveillance  secrets  illusions 
february 2013 by kevan
Three Engineers, Hundreds of Robots, One Warehouse - IEEE Spectrum
"The computer cluster tracks high- and low-selling products and stores them accordingly. It directs the robots to park racks that contain popular products near the pick-and-pack stations and place less popular ones at the back of the warehouse."
robots  shopping  business 
july 2012 by kevan
Robot Hand Beats You at Rock, Paper, Scissors 100% Of The Time - IEEE Spectrum
"It only takes a single millisecond for the robot to recognize what shape your hand is in, and just a few more for it to make the shape that beats you."
robots  games  cheating 
june 2012 by kevan
Robot Study of 'Cocktail Party Problem' Hints at Human Hearing Glitch | Wired Science |
"If you move your head such that the acoustic stimulus at the ears changes, but the environment itself doesn’t, you wouldn’t have thought you would need to restart the process of interpretation."
sound  robots  ears 
april 2012 by kevan
"Throughout the day, your Weavrs will blog media from various web services such as videos from Youtube, inspiration from Twitter, music from and venues from Google Places. At night they go to sleep."
robots  internet  simulations 
march 2012 by kevan
Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme - YouTube
"These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments."
robots  music  via:waxy 
march 2012 by kevan
How Bots Seized Control of My Pricing Strategy
"So with “Turing Test” we have a delightful futuristic absurdity: a computer program, pretending to be human, hawking a book about computers pretending to be human, while other computer programs pretend to have used copies of it. A book that was never actually written, much less printed and read."
robots  books  future 
february 2012 by kevan
Robot videojournalist uses cuteness to get vox pops - tech - 28 December 2011 - New Scientist
"The idea was to create a robot that was interesting enough for people to engage with it and offer to help it, carrying it around and up and down stairs to show it things."
robots  design  psychology 
january 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Cyborg search-and-rescue insects' power source unveiled
"The engineers ultimately decided to attach two of the spiral beams to each beetle's thorax. The end of each coil extended out to touch a hardened part of the insect's body close to its wing base where it could pick up energy."
insects  robots  technology 
november 2011 by kevan
The Associated Press: Wildlife officials use robo-deer to catch poachers
"Once a plan is in place, authorities put the mechanical deer near a road where it can be seen by passing cars. Then they hide nearby and keep watch, waiting for someone to take the bait, occasionally using the remote control to move the decoy's head and tail."
robots  mammals  weapons  illusions  crime  via:blech 
october 2011 by kevan
FAA Looks Into News Corp’s Daily Drone, Raising Questions About Who Gets To Fly Drones in The U.S. - Kashmir Hill - The Not-So Private Parts - Forbes
"[Ryan Calo] has voiced concerns [about] paparazzi drones that could be used to fly around using facial recognition technology to find and obsessively photograph Brad Pitt. [...] After [News Corp's] The Daily broadcast some incredible footage of Alabama after it was devastated by storms, UAS Vision reported that The Daily owns a MicroDrone MD4-1000."
robots  surveillance  air  law  news  via:amuchmoreexotic 
august 2011 by kevan
Robot creates huge Nazca-inspired drawings in Peruvian desert (Wired UK)
"The picture took five days using a using an off-road style robot [...] powered by a motorcycle engine and rigged up with a computer, GPS tracker and compass."
art  robots 
august 2011 by kevan
Sputniko! | Crowbot Jenny
"The device has four buttons which can vocalize various crow calls – “I’m dying”, “I found food”, “Hello”, “I’m in a fight so please come help me”."
robots  birds  sound  via:nikki 
november 2010 by kevan
University of Sheffield - British expert warns of a coming robot crime wave
"If manufacturers discard safety and the prevention of crime, crude copies of mechanised police and military devices could be relatively easy to produce." [...] "Robots can't even be detected by the passive IR alarm systems in most of our houses."
robots  crime  technology  future 
july 2010 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | Dustbot the street cleaning robot
"Dustbot's inventors say they hope it will put an end to fixed times for rubbish collection and they say it is designed to work in tightly packed urban areas where large refuse trucks find it difficult to operate."
robots  litter  upsideclone 
may 2009 by kevan
tweenbots | kacie kinzer
"Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal."
robots  walking  society  emergence  via:holly 
april 2009 by kevan
Companies developing biomass robot engine - Biomass Magazine
"Through the duration of the project, the EATR will be tested to demonstrate its ability to identify suitable biomass sources of energy—such as wood, grass or paper—and distinguish them from unsuitable materials such as rocks, metal or glass."
robots  electricity  plants  paper  apocalypse 
february 2009 by kevan
Robot wars: The rise of artificial intelligence - Science, News - The Independent
"The rise of robots in the home, in the workplace and in warfare needs to be supervised and controlled by ethical guidelines which limit how they can be used in sensitive scenarios such as baby-sitting, caring for the elderly, and combat, a leading scientist warns today."
robots  future  society  psychology  via:jones 
december 2008 by kevan
IncrediBots - Online Robot Physics Game!
A good combination of solid, machine-building physics, and the dextrous control of your constructed robot, taking it further than the usual build-and-release Goldberg machinework.
games  robots  flash  physics  design  via:bateleur 
november 2008 by kevan
Living Dolls - Gaby Wood
Vaucanson's Duck through to the Mechanical Turk, and beyond. Good background reading, but it tries a bit too hard to be philosophical about any glimmer of possible metaphor.
booklog  technology  robots  chess  birds  illusions  hoaxes  via:holly 
march 2008 by kevan
Scrap homepage
"You, the player, control a robot, which is represented by '@'. Unfortunately, the world is populated by hostile enemy robots, which will try to destroy your robot." A nice little Roguelike, where you salvage and repair components from your enemies.
nethack  robots  via:zarba  roguelike 
september 2007 by kevan
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Robust fifties sci-fi, with some surprisingly good sets and special effects, and some awful electronic music.
filmlog  3stars  space  aliens  robots  mysteries  apocalypse  brains 
august 2007 by kevan
War of the Monsters (PS2)
A fairly standard combo-pushing beat-em-up, but the scale, destructability and pick-up-and-throw-ability of the environment makes it more entertaining. The physics are good enough to be funny, and the giant ant handles nicely.
gamelog  3stars  monsters  cities  demolition  ants  lizards  robots  apes 
august 2007 by kevan
Bots on The Ground -
Anthropomorphising war robots. "He always got the job done. [...] One time, he actually did break down in a mission, and we sent another robot in and it got blown to pieces. It's like he shut down because he knew something bad would happen."
robots  war  psychology  delusions  technology  future  via:collision 
may 2007 by kevan
Guitar Heronoid
"An android that plays the Guitar Hero game. A computer processes the video feed from the PlayStation2, detects where, when and how to play and moves the fingers accordingly."
music  robots  games  technology 
april 2007 by kevan
Grobots, a programming game
Beautifully organic programmable-robot warfare, circular robots scooting and bouncing around their environment, reacting to each other, their rivals, and food sources, and reproducing into beelike castes. Forth programming takes getting used to, though.
robots  programming  games  war  emergence 
april 2007 by kevan
Mike Libby - Insect Lab
"Insect Lab is an artist operated studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components."
insects  robots  technology  art  mutation 
december 2006 by kevan
timhunkin/is it art? collecting box
"The expert (a portrait of Nicholas Serota) leans over to inspect the object, then returns and nods as if he approves. After a short pause he shakes his head, changing his mind. The object is then returned and tipped out on the floor."
art  technology  robots  money 
december 2006 by kevan - Japanese unveil robot wine steward - September 03, 2006
"At the end of the robot's left arm is an infrared spectrometer. [...] When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto."
robots  food  drinks  technology  light 
september 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Technology | Do robots dream of copyright?
The robot Philip K Dick, still headless. "In some circumstances a live person might be able to sue for defamation if the representation was 'lowering his reputation in the eyes of right-minded people'. But not a dead one."
robots  law  books  simulation 
september 2006 by kevan
Spamalot: A Toolkit for Consuming Spammers' Resources
"The Spamalot system uses intelligent agents to interact with spam messages and systems referenced in spam. The goal of Spamalot is to consume spam senders' resources by engaging the spammer in an unproductive conversation or information exchange."
email  spam  robots  illusions 
august 2006 by kevan
RoboRally-style game played with Icehouse pieces, and without having to fight against scenery and random hands of cards.
games  robots  board  todo 
april 2006 by kevan
New Scientist - Robot moved by a slime mould's fears
"As the slime tried to get away from the light its movement was sensed by the circuit and used to control one of the robot's six legs. The robot then scrabbled away from bright lights as a mechanical embodiment of the mould."
robots  science 
march 2006 by kevan
BoxBots ++ c 7 11 23
"I tried (and still do) to focus on using only lines and shapes that are in the original box to guide what the BoxBot will look like. While in Antarctica, I became obsessed with this project from the perspective of waste re-use."
litter  paper  robots  art 
march 2006 by kevan
TechEBlog » ACM-R5 Amphibious Snake-Like Robot
"Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the ACM-R5 is a radio-controlled amphibious robot designed to move like its real world counterpart. It can slither or swim underwater for 30 minutes on a full charge."
robots  reptiles  water  japan 
march 2006 by kevan
Hanson Robotics : Project > Phillip K. Dick Resurrected
"In an unparalleled technical collaboration, a team of artists, writers, engineers, literary scholars, and freethinkers are creating a lifelike, android portrait of one of America's well-known science-fiction writers Philip K Dick."
robots  technology  books  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » OCTOPUS! Terror of the Deep
Another octopus observation-sub attack, from 1939. "Slowly dying after two tentacles had been severed by steel claws of the robot the octopus writhed and spewed its defense fluid to make the water inky black."
octopuses  photos  water  history  robots 
january 2006 by kevan
NEXTLAB - 1575,42MHz
"1575,42MHz is an object, a robotic arm of 6 sections, which constantly track [GPS] satellites. Every section of the sculpture follows the orbit of one of 24 celestial bodies through the horizon, so it moves and changes its appearence permanently."
robots  space  art  via:wmmna 
january 2006 by kevan
What looks like a weird robot version of Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide. "For the sake of humanity, listen to serious advice from real robotics experts. How else will you survive the inevitable future in which robots rebel against their human masters?"
robots  apocalypse  books 
january 2006 by kevan | Japan's humanoid robots | Better than people
"Immigrants cannot be programmed as robots can. You never know when they will do something spontaneous, ask an awkward question, or use the wrong honorific in conversation."
robots  japan  psychology  society 
december 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Israelis to be allowed euthanasia by machine
Sabbath-clock killer robots. "Normally, carers would override the alarm and keep the respirator turned on but, if various stringent conditions are met, including the giving of consent by the patient or legal guardian, the alarm would not be overridden."
law  religion  death  robots  via:yoz 
december 2005 by kevan
Roboexotica - Festival fur Cocktail-Robotik
"While robots will assemble a car in the blink of an eye with no problem, in the year 2004 there is still very little effort made on introducing robotics to the environment of a cocktail-bar."
art  drinks  robots 
november 2005 by kevan
[ SAILS ] Self-Assembling Intelligent Lighter-Than-Air Structures
Autonomous helium-filled polythene cubes, fitted with tiny fans. "The final result will see a flock of 12 to 20 Mascarillons evolving within a spherical inflatable dome equipped with panoscopic projectors."
art  air  technology  robots  emergence  via:wmmna 
november 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Nintendogs Teach Us New Tricks
"The most popular robots are, unexpectedly, the ones that demand we take care of them. They trigger our nurturing impulses, the same ones we deploy toward infants, the elderly or any other vulnerable creature."
robots  toys  children  psychology  via:foe 
november 2005 by kevan
Dressman - the ironing robot
"On placing a damp shirt on the ironing figure, this dummy inflates with hot air in its interior, and thus puffs the shirt up, removing creases drying the garment."
clothes  robots  air  via:arbroath 
november 2005 by kevan
ACP - Social Insects - Robot Bee
"Using a computer to control the robot, the researchers set their robobee to dancing, attempting to dissect the components of the dance. [...] Some recruits used the information to fly to a target Michelsen had set up in a German field."
bees  robots  language  technology 
october 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | Something fishy down at London Aquarium
Robotic fish. "They aim to swim at the same speed as tuna and have the acceleration of a pike and the navigation skills of an eel."
robots  fish  london  todo 
october 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Robo-Legs
Social acceptance of modern prosthetics. "He recalled attending a party where the lithium-ion batteries for his legs went dead. [...] He spent most of his time sitting on a couch talking to people with his legs plugged into an electrical outlet nearby."
robots  technology  limbs  medicine  electricity  society  via:anne 
june 2005 by kevan
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Wonderfully stylised homage, played just the right side of parody, but then stomped a bit too much by giant CGI robots. Most of the film does feel like watching someone else play a computer game, cut-scenes and all.
filmlog  2stars  future  transport  air  robots 
june 2005 by kevan
The Long Tail: Robot Child-Herders
Using a robot vacuum cleaner to encourage children to tidy their rooms, as a game. "Roomba's coming out tonight. Clean up your toys or Roomba will eat them!"
children  robots  toys  games  lies 
may 2005 by kevan
IOL: The Robo-Matadors Are Coming
"Sources said the 'bullfighters' have a small red balloon attached to their body in place of the traditional cape. The mechanical matador must dodge the 'bull', which is armed with head-mounted cameras capable of detecting the red colour."
robots  sport  cows 
april 2005 by kevan
we make money not art: Seoul considers installing armed robots along borders
"Robots with weapons mounted on their frames would observe the border, record voices and take pictures in a 180-degree circle." Reminds me of a film I can't remember the name of.
surveillance  weapons  robots 
april 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Pay up, you are being watched
A photo of a robot can affect generosity. "We can manipulate altruistic behaviour with a pair of fake eyeballs because ancient parts of our brain fail to recognise them as fake."
brains  eyes  money  evolution  psychology  robots  photos 
march 2005 by kevan - Army prepares 'robo-soldier' for Iraq
"Officials are quick to point out that these are not the autonomous killer robots of science fiction. A SWORDS robot shoots only when its human operator presses a button after identifying a target on video shot by the robot's cameras."
robots  war  weapons  technology 
january 2005 by kevan
The Times: The robot infiltrator that will lure pests to their doom
Pest control as an inverted game of Lemmings. "If the robots go to the light shelter, cockroaches follow - the desire for companionship proving stronger than the need for dark."
cheating  illusions  insects  light  robots 
november 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | European scientists envisage robotic village on moon
"...a collection of shelters, instruments and exploration vehicles, perhaps on a ridge at the lunar south pole which is in sunlight all year round."
cities  robots  space 
november 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Monkey trained to use robotic arm
"A team from the University of Pittsburgh restrained the arms of a monkey and wired a neural prosthesis - a robot arm with a mobile shoulder, elbow and gripping device - into its brain."
brains  limbs  monkeys  robots 
november 2004 by kevan
The Junction - Public Art Commision - Bins and Benches
"Each bench drifts slowly around the square, no faster than a strolling human, and is equipped with sensors that detect the presence of objects in its immediate vicinity, coming to a complete halt when any object is closer than two metres."
furniture  litter  robots 
october 2004 by kevan
Interconnecting motor-feedback bright-plastic lumps. "[A] dog can be constructed and then taught to gesture and walk by twisting its body and legs. The dog will then repeat those movements and walk repeatedly."
limbs  plastic  robots  toys  walking 
october 2004 by kevan
The Tyee: Will Robots Kill Joy of Browsing?
"Books in the system will sit in stainless steel bins of different sizes. The bins will be located on a rack system, accessible to robotic cranes." - I initially parsed this as "wading birds", and was disappointed.
books  libraries  robots 
october 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Robotic capsule to crawl through intestines
More self-propelling CCTV robots, unnervingly; tiny, mobile endoscopy cameras. "Effectively we would like to enable the doctor to become very small."
medicine  robots  surveillance  technology 
october 2004 by kevan
ic Birmingham - Climbing robots catch arsonists
Roaming spider surveillance: "CCTV cameras which can climb up lampposts are to be deployed in arson hotspots in a bid to catch the culprits in the act."
fire  police  robots  surveillance  technology 
october 2004 by kevan
n i c e b o t s
Magnificent wooden-shelled social robots. "By observing the audience's interaction with the bots and the effects the bots have on the audience, we are able to make adjustments and "teach" the bots different behaviors."
art  france  robots  society  wood 
september 2004 by kevan
fur: His Master's Voice
"Each [metal robot] ball listens to a certain pitch and starts to move if the right frequency was hummed or sung. The initial setting does not provide rules."
board  games  robots  sound 
september 2004 by kevan
Ken rinaldo - robotic sculpture, interactive art inspired by natural systems
Nice organic tech-art, including a piece that "allows normally aggressive fish to interact without killing each other and explore their environment beyond the limits of the fish bowls".
art  fish  robots  technology 
september 2004 by kevan
MSNBC - Are poker 'bots' raking online pots?
"If you've got a bot that can play 25 casinos, two tables apiece, even if you're playing a (mid-level) $10/$20 game … that's $1,000 an hour."
cards  cheating  games  money  robots 
september 2004 by kevan
Future Physical - Wearable Computing: The Blanket Project
"It will be able to crawl around a space, find people within that space and crawl over to and on top of them -- like a pet." Yes, like a pet. A pet gelatinous cube.
clothes  monsters  robots 
september 2004 by kevan
Cabinet Magazine Online - The Emergence of Social Inequality among Robots
"How could two robots that started with exactly the same hardware and software nevertheless develop a relationship where one appears to exploit the other?"
emergence  robots  society 
september 2004 by kevan
MSNBC - Smelly robot eats flies to generate its own power
Dissolving the sugar molecules from their tiny exoskeletons. "One of the great things about flies is that you can get them to come to you."
bones  electricity  insects  robots 
september 2004 by kevan
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